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  1. The story is legendary among cigar enthusiasts: In 1962, with the stroke of a pen, President John F. Kennedy signed a decree banning the import of all Cuban products to the United States. This, of...
  2. Life seems to bloom best on the edge of death’s yard. It’s why we jump out of planes, or casually date attractive sociopaths. It’s also the unique thrill of eating Japanese blowfish, commonly known...
  3. On January 16, 1920, a sense of urgency enveloped San Francisco. With prohibition looming, the city’s streets were a gridlock as alcohol deliveries dominated the commerce of the day; that Friday...
  4. We know what you’re probably thinking: A smash sounds like it could be dangerous, and a caipirinha is exotic, at least, if nothing else. But a julep? How does the enjoyment of a julep equate to...
  5. Jeremy Renner is no stranger to on-screen danger. In The Hurt Locker, he played Sergeant First Class William James, the leader of an Iraq-based American Explosive Ordnance Disposal squad; in Mission...
  6. While anytime is a good time for oysters, it’s the end of fall and the beginning of winter that marks their peak season. At this point in the year, all varieties are storing up extra glycogen to get...
  7. While the slurping that’s typically involved may not be refined, eating oysters is still an indulgence. There’s just something about a dozen oysters on the half shell that turns a meal into a...
  8. Recently, the finest Bloody Mary purveyors have taken to the sea. They’re plucking oysters from their shells and using them as the pièce de résistance for their interpretations of the classic...
  9. Since graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, chef Galen Zamarra has trained under renowned French masters such as Michel Bras, Alain Passard, and Georges Blanc. In 2001, Zamarra won the...
  10. The consumption of oysters emerged as a status symbol as far back as the late 19th century, when California gold miners, fresh off a successful find, would saddle up to the bar and order a dozen of...

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